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Joplin tornado official death toll rises to 151

Posted by feww on June 11, 2011

Zygomycosis fungal infection kills more  people injured in Joplin tornado

An infectious diseases physician at Freeman Health System in Joplin says at least nine patients contracted the infection following the injuries they suffered in Joplin tornado, and of those three or four died from  zygomycosis, directly or indirectly.

Some of the 1,000 or so people who were injured by the massive EF-5 tornado contracted the rare but often fatal fungal infection from soil or plant matter traces carried by the twister debris that penetrated their skin.


A supercell thunderstorm tracked from extreme southeast Kansas into far southwest Missouri (NWS Springfield, County Warning Area) late Sunday afternoon and evening (May 22nd).  This storm produced an EF-5 tornado over Joplin, Missouri resulting in devastating damage. This storm generated other tornadoes and wind damage along its path as it moved southeast across far southwest Missouri.  Spotty wind damage also occurred across the remainder of far southern Missouri as the storms moved east.  Additionally, these storms produced flash flooding across far southwest Missouri.  Image and caption: National Weather Service (NWS)

zygomycosis rhizopus

ygomycosis caused by Mucor pusillus


This slide describes the histopathologic changes seen in a heart valve due to zygomycosis caused by Mucor pusillus.CDC. Image ID 4233


This patient presented with a case of a periorbital fungal infection known as mucormycosis, or phycomycosis.Mucormycosis is a dangerous fungal infection usually occurring in the immunocompromised patient, affecting the regions of the eye, nose, and through its growth and destruction of the periorbital tissues, it will eventually invade the brain cavity. Source CDC (1960)- image ID 2831. Click images to enlarge.

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